The Solemnity of the Epiphany

January 8, 2017


As you know, Epiphany is not just a feast that signifies the arrival of the magi at the manager, but in a more generic sense, it is understood as a moment of revelation or insight.

I would like to suggest that there are two insights for us this year:  first, that the world is not against us; rather it is longing for a reason to pay attention.  Second, that we are that reason.

We are, as I said last week, bearers of God.  We are the Church – living stones; tabernacles in motion.  We are priests, prophets, kings and queens by virtue of our baptism; anointed by God to bring good news to the rich and the poor alike; to proclaim a year of favour; to forgive so we may be forgiven.  We blessed. . . long before we are sinful.   And it is not the sins that we confess that keep us from being who we really are – I think it is our fear that we may actually be who the Bible says we are.  Because if we allow ourselves to really believe that all those things you think keep you from God really don’t. . . then you have a responsibility to change who you will become by truly, consciously, whole-heartedly receiving what you are:  the presence of Christ in the world today.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Solemnity of the Epiphany (Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12)


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